One of These Candidates Will Become the Next Cincinnati City Council Member

Eleven people are under consideration for the seat that Greg Landsman will vacate.

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click to enlarge City Hall soon will see a new Cincinnati City Council member. - Photo: John Martinez Pavliga, Flickr Creative Commons
Photo: John Martinez Pavliga, Flickr Creative Commons
City Hall soon will see a new Cincinnati City Council member.

Cincinnati is one step closer to naming its next city council member.

Cincinnati City Council member Reggie Harris has narrowed the list of candidates for the council's upcoming vacant seat to 12, Harris' chief of staff Gus Ricksecker told CityBeat in a Dec. 7 email. Since late November, nearly 50 people had applied for the position that Greg Landsman will vacate in January when he heads to Washington, D.C., to represent the 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Landsman has designated Harris as the council member who will appoint Landsman's successor.

Harris presented a list of 38 viable applicants (of 49 total) during the council’s Nov. 29 public safety and governance committee meeting, soliciting feedback from the council about the qualities Landsman's successor should have. The current list of candidates was narrowed from that.

Eleven people are under consideration. A twelfth, Angelica Hardee, has withdrawn her application. The candidates are:
  • Gavi Begtrup
  • Galen Gordon
  • Jaime Castle
  • Cam Hardy
  • Evan Nolan
  • Michelle Dillingham
  • Alyson Beridon
  • Seth Walsh
  • Jackie Frondorf
  • Te-Airea Powell
  • Bree Moss
Harris expects to make the final decision on Dec. 12 or 13, Ricksecker said.

Landsman has said that because he will be sworn in as a congressman on Jan. 3, he plans to formally resign his Cincinnati City Council position on Jan. 2. His successor then would take the city’s oath of office that morning.

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